Homegroup Icon is locked on desktop.

Greetings all,

Just want to know if anyone has a solution for how to be able to move the Homegroup icon thats located  on my desktop. It seems to be locked so it cannot be moved or removed manually.

I figured out a way to remove the icon but I wish to be able to move it around.

October 31st, 2012 5:06pm

No way, I think you have to repair your Icon cache !!! wait, i'll show you a software that can do these things, ... but I don't think if it would resolve the problem or not.

finally, which version of windows are you using and when this prob. occurred ?

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October 31st, 2012 6:45pm

I am using the Windows 8 Pro 64-bit (with Media Center, even though that doesn't cause the problem) but I had the Homegroup ucon on my desktop after I installed the W8 Consumer Preview, and though Release Preview. And still even though I've tried the most, it.. I tell ye, CAN NOT be moved.

But ofcourse I really don't need the icon so removing it is the only option atm.
November 1st, 2012 2:52pm


Would you please provide us a screenshot of the HomeGroup icon.

Also, please check if you log in Windows 8 with a new user account. Does the icon persists?

Create a user account


Hope this helps.

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November 5th, 2012 6:44am

As it would seem I need to vertify my account... WHICH SHOULD HAVE BEEN DONE AUTOMATICLY..... microsoft FTW... allways..

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Here you can see the icon on my desktop. I am using 3 monitors and my middle one is set as primary because all the games I play will then autmaticly load on that screen. Anyways.. If I try to drag it anywhere it will just pop back to its original location. All other icons I got on my desktop can be moved around with no issues.

It's just that Homegroup Icon that cannot be moved. Now to add this Icon you will need to make yourself a Homegroup / Network group for your household by going to Controll Panel -> Homegroup and start homegroup... might need to restart computer allso for icon to appear. Now if you leave the Homegroup the icon will disappear by itself.

  • Edited by Lashina Monday, November 05, 2012 3:51 PM
November 5th, 2012 3:50pm

Just posting a solution for other people that get here via a Google search. What worked for me (in Windows 8 64-bit) was to navigate to the Desktop folder in Explorer, click on the Share section of the ribbon at the top, and click Stop Sharing. Hope this helps someone.
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April 23rd, 2013 8:15pm

It helped me, thank you.
November 2nd, 2013 2:07pm

It's kind of scary that Microsoft can't offer a solution to this ... especially since it is so simple.  Go to Control Panel > Network and Sharing Center > Advanced Sharing options.  Scroll down to HomeGroup connections and click "Use accounts and password to connect to other computers".

This is sometimes activated by an installation that might want you to try and use Homegroup's instead of Windows
Network and Sharing

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